Ferocactus cylindraceus subsp. lecontei

Ferocactus > Ferocactus cylindraceus subsp. lecontei

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This cactus is generally unbranched, forming a single column up to 2m in height and 30cm in diameter. The ribs are 2.5 cm high and tubercular. The spine can be various colours including, whitish gray, yellow, pink, reddish, purple or brown. Some plants have long and strong central spines, while others are shorter. The variability in the spinning of plants even from the same population can be considerable.
It has a large central spine and three auxiliary central crucifixes. The central spines are noticeably wavy with a flat top surface and a rounded bottom surface. The spines can be light gray to purple, red and yellow, but darken to black with age. The flowers are yellow tinged with red and appear in the crown of the plant, from 4 to 6 cm. The scaly fruit is fleshy, yellow or yellowish green, 5 cm long, 2.5 cm in diameter. It grows at high elevations from 700 to 1500 m in height. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer in summer.

Full sun or half shade in summer. Requires light frost protection.
The lowest temperature (ºC) supported by this cactus is on average:: -4

Water regularly throughout the growth cycle. You should avoid wetting the body of this plant while it is in sunlight. Keep dry during winter.


Mealybugs, scaly insects and mites.

They are suitable for any rich, well-drained soil, such as clay, pumice, lava sand, and just a little bit of peat or mold.


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Scientific name:
Ferocactus cylindraceus subsp. lecontei
Echinocactus hertrichii, Echinocactus lecontei, Echinocactus wislizeni f. lecontei, Echinocactus wislizeni var. lecontei, Ferocactus acanthodes var. lecontei, Ferocactus cylindraceus var. lecontei, Ferocactus lecontei.
It extends through central and western Arizona, southeastern California, and south to Baja California and Sonora, Mexico.
Natural Habitat:
This cactus is locally abundant on the arid gravel or rocky slopes, canyon walls, fans, and wash margins at an elevation of 600-1250 m between creosote thickets.

There are 8 Ferocactus cylindraceus subsp. lecontei in the collections:
Collecion de margim02 Collecion de NeriM-25 Collecion de ferdyfg Collecion de Duke_28 Collecion de Duke_28
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